Jun 12, 2014
Why Switzerland Made a Good Call Taking Josip Drmic over Eren Derdiyok
The 2014 World Cup will be Ottmar Hitzfeld's last as a manager before retiring. Typically, he has begun the final tournament of his career by making a bold call: The Switzerland boss has decided, despite facing some criticism, to leave experienced striker Eren Derdiyok at home.
Shaqiri heads young Switzerland World Cup squad
The oldest player picked by Ottmar Hitzfeld on Tuesday is central defender Steve von Bergen, who turns 31 five days before the Swiss open play on June 15 against Ecuador in Group E. Forward Josip Drmic was picked the day after joining Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract from newly-relegated Nuremberg of the Bundesliga.
Josip Drmic: Heading to Bayer Leverkusen
The 21-year-old Swiss forward, whose 17 goals were not enough to keep Nurnberg in the Bundesliga this season, has signed a five-year contract with the Champions League participants and joins for an undisclosed fee.
Bayer seal Champions League place after win over Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen sealed Champions League qualification on the final day of the Bundesliga season, but had to come from behind against Werder Bremen to do so.